Re: [Classicrendezvous] The bikes that were

(Example: Framebuilders)

Date: Thu, 26 Oct 2000 18:11:09 -0700
Subject: Re: [Classicrendezvous] The bikes that were
From: "Dave Feldman" <>
To: Monkeyman <>,

Brandon, Let's see, my "wish I'd never's:" '77 Griffon touring, '60 Bianchi track (complete with surfer footprint decals down the seat tube,) '56 Elswick Avenger. What does anyone else kick themself for selling/trading? David Feldman ----------
>From: Monkeyman <>
>Subject: [Classicrendezvous] The bikes that were
>Date: Thu, Oct 26, 2000, 4:57 PM
>I was just looking at Sheldon Brown's page of bikes he no longer has
><>, and I was talking to Chuck
>Schmidt (who I met in person for the first time when he walked into my
>place of work) a couple of days ago about bikes we used to own. I'm
>interested to hear the stories of the bikes we still miss and wish we still
>had. I think many of us find our love/lust for bikes amplified by bikes of
>the past. I know most the fat-tire crusier guys are looking for the bikes
>of their youth. I wonder if the same holds true for the skinny tire set?
>I'll start with one of my own stories of loss.
>When I was living in Seattle and working I had a customer of the shop I was
>working in give me his oldest son's old track bike. By this time it had at
>least two layers of rattle-can paint on it and stick on letters saying
>"Paris Sport" on the downtube. The story I got was, the frame custom built
>for his son and had won 3 national championships in the 70's but had been a
>grocery bike until it went in the closet in the late 80's. Now the folks
>were moving back to the east coast and were making room so they gave the
>bike to me for "a tip" for years as their mechanic. Well I started to
>strip the frame and found it had "can opener" crack in the downtube so I
>took it to Dan Wynn in west Seattle to have the tube replaced. After his
>inspection he said it was a Francesco Cuevas built Paris Sport, at the time
>I had no idea who Cuevas was. The frame was simple, light, and a great
>ride; the lugs were some of the thinnest I've ever seen. Needless to say
>once the fixed-road thing killed my knees I traded it to a friend for a MTB
>frame and fork. I've tried to find that bike again but with no luck. If
>only this list had been there 7 years ago.
>I have many other bikes I wished I'd never parted with; '86 full C-record
>Ciocc for rent money, '34 Rollfast given to a friend, I can think of at
>least 3 others.
>Nobody can do everything,
>but if everybody did something
>everything would get done.
> -Gil Scott Heron-